Solid-state fermentation for the production of alkaline protease by Bacillus cereus 1173900 using proteinaceous tannery solid waste
Animal fleshing, the major proteinaceous solid waste
generated from leather industry, was used as substrate
for the production of alkaline protease by Bacillus
cereus 1173900 in solid-state fermentation (SSF).
Maximum protease activity of 12,310 U/g was observed
at 60 h in SSF crude extract. The extracted
protease enzyme was purified by 53.64-fold through
ammonium sulphate precipitation and chromatography
separation in Sephadex G-100. The purified protease
had a specific activity of 201.6 (U/mg). The molecular
weight of the purified enzyme was 66 kDa, determined
by SDS–PAGE. The zymogram also revealed a clear
hydrolytic zone due to proteolytic activity, which
coincided with the band obtained with SDS–PAGE.
Enzyme activity was inhibited by EDTA, suggesting
that the enzyme belongs to metalloprotease(s).
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